Daily Harvest -- 5/9/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 9, 2016
- Vilsack touts ability to market food as local, says that "as this … industry matures and grows, there’s going to be the need for standardization." Also: ethanol and the presidential race; USA Rice and Cuba; The Other White Meat; Brazil and U.S. export agenda.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas
- Senator Boozman shares his view on crafting federal rules on GMO food labeling, funding sources for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the need for fair trade agreements and calls for flexibility in child nutrition standards.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Trump meets with GOP leaders, biotech talks continue
- Donald Trump tries to win over congressional Republicans as lawmakers return to work this week facing some major unfinished business, including negotiations on biotech food labeling. Also: The appropriations process has bogged down on both sides of Capitol Hill.
Agri-Pulse: USDA celebrates Small Business Week with almost $40M in grants, loans
- The funding will go to 68 projects in 26 states through loans and grants, USDA said.
Agri-Pulse: RFA's Bob Dinneen talks about the upcoming election
- (Audio) While the ethanol industry hasn't gotten the same attention from presidential candidates since the end of the Iowa caucus, the Renewable Fuels Association still feels all right with presumptive party nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Dayton Daily News: Champaign Co. wind farm waits as debate over renewable energy widens
- A long-stalled, controversial wind farm in Champaign County recently took a big step toward construction but a debate over the future of Ohio’s renewable energy rules could continue to slow its development.
Ames Tribune: Secretary of Energy Moniz discusses Iowa’s role in energy independence
- Due to innovations in wind technology and biofuels, Iowa will continue to play a key role in the future of the nation’s energy production, according to the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Most people read nutrition facts label at least some of the time
- Half of all adults read the nutrition facts label "always" or "most of time," according to the latest Health and Diet Survey from the Food and Drug Administration.
Food Safety News: CDC to Chipotle: Public has a right to know about outbreaks
- Federal officials slapped down claims by Chipotle Mexican Grill’s corporate lawyers that the public didn’t need to know details about E. coli outbreaks that sickened at least 60 people across 14 states in late 2015.
N.Y. Times: New Jersey Tomato, Victim of Modern Farming, Vies for a Comeback
- This season, Rutgers University introduced a reinvented version of a tomato variety from 1934 that reigned unchallenged for decades. After years of work by Rutgers plant specialists, this old-fashioned tomato with old-fashioned taste has returned as the Rutgers 250, named in honor of the university’s 250th anniversary.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Argentina Says Monsanto Intacta Soy Patent May Take Months
- Monsanto Co. may have to wait months to gain approval in Argentina for a patent on its latest genetically modified soybean technology, another setback for the world’s largest seed company in its years-long quest to collect royalty payments from the country’s farmers.
AP: Golan Cowboys Herd Cattle Against Syrian War Background
- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering war-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning.
Sydney Morning Herald: Dairy farmers go to war on Murray Goulburn, Fonterra cuts
- A group of dairy farmers is preparing for "war" after Murray Goulburn and Fonterra slashed the prices paid for raw milk. The group, which calls itself Farmer Power, is calling on federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to "urgently intervene to establish a totally independent review" of Australia's dairy industry.
Courtroom View Network: Monsanto Again Defeats PCB Cancer Claims At Trial
- A California state court jury has rejected claims from two men who said they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma from exposure to long-lasting carcinogenic chemicals manufactured by Monsanto Co. called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.
Daily Mail: Are these 'high-rise' hens really free-range?
- Hens are being housed in 'high-rise' sheds to keep up with the surging demand for free range eggs at one of Britain's biggest poultry farms.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack wants more CRP acres in next farm bill
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA will enroll more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this year, while expressing hope that Congress will allow for even higher enrollment in the next farm bill.''
AP: Ranch buy adds to huge Montana wildlife reserve
- A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and cattle fences give way to open range.
Christian Science Monitor: No longer endangered? Montanans prepare for grizzly bear hunt
- State wildlife officials have released draft regulations that would establish two hunting seasons near Yellowstone National Park as federal officials move closer to removing grizzly bears from the list of endangered species.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Des Moines Register: Racism helped kill Iowa pork plant deal, Prestage official says
- A top official with family-owned Prestage Farms says racism played a pivotal role in undermining plans to build a giant pork processing plant in Mason City, Iowa, that would have delivered upward of 2,000 jobs.
The Tennesseean: Racism accusations hurt Nashville Farmers’ Market transformation
- (Opinion) Council members Jacobia Dowell and Erica Gilmore, both African-American, questioned farmers’ market director Tasha Kennard on whether changes in the market’s strategy were unfairly discriminatory toward minority merchants. This writer's conclusion: They weren't.
Lancaster Farming: Four Labor Law Mistakes To Avoid This Season
- It is a busy time of year for most farmers and if this season’s “to-do list” includes hiring some new or seasonal employees, make sure you avoid these mistakes.
Wall Street Journal: Changing the Immigration Debate by Electing Immigrants to Office
- The rancorous debates around race and immigration have made this year’s presidential race a fraught one for many U.S. immigrants. Sayu Bhojwani’s mission is to change the conversation by getting some of them into politics.
Washington Post: Meet the site that is like Uber — but for tractors
- Jordan Hickel has a long row of ultra-expensive tractors and other machinery parked on his farm in central Kansas. This summer, he’s shipping his combine off to Colorado then Washington state — renting it out to other farmers through a website that hopes to bring the sharing economy to the farmstead.
Military Times: For this dairy farmer, military service is a family affair
- Challenge. Commitment. Cows. It’s not a typical mix of priorities for a service member, but Brenda Dutcher makes it work. The lifelong dairy farmer recently re-enlisted for six more years with the Nebraska Army National Guard.
Petaluma Argus-Courier: Petaluma spends $115,000 on underwater weed harvester
- It’s a machine equally agile on land or sea. It’s armed with mechanical blades that whir tirelessly as they reduce huge swaths of reedy obstacles to mere chaff. It moves like a tank, turns on a dime and, like the fellow plant-rendering specialists at Husqvarna, hails from Sweden.
Bismarck Tribune: Agweek in D.C.: Bridging the ag 'disconnect'
- O'Brien and Deb Eschmeyer, senior policy adviser for nutrition policy at the White House, spoke with members of North American Agricultural Journalists during the organization's recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
AP: As Senate’s power brokers age, several seek new terms
- Millennials have emerged as the nation’s largest living generation, yet that demographic shift isn’t reflected in the upper reaches of the Republican-controlled Senate, where the body’s oldest members are the power brokers.
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